Nine cases of intracranial facial nerve reconstruction are reviewed in this paper. All patients underwent this procedure for severe injury or disruption of the facial nerve during surgery for acoustic neruroma through the modified extended middle cranial fossa approach (1). Satisfactory recovery of facial function was obtained in 4 patients. Three patients underwent hypoglossal-facial nerve anastomosis 1.3-1.5 years later for no or poor recovery of the facial function. One patient refused any further surgical treatment despite unsatisfactory recovery. The remaining 1 patient, during a telephone interview, stated that facial function had not returned at all 1 year and 5 months postoperatively. Although some degree of associated movement or mass movement was unavoidable, facial movement and mimetic facial expression were better in the patients with satisfactory recovery, as compared with those after hypoglossal-facial nerve anastomosis (2). Fibrin glue, which we used in the latest 3 cases instead of suture, seemed to possibly solve the technical difficulty in placing a suture. Facial function after intracranial reconstruction with fibrin glue was as good or better than that after repair by suturing.
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